Each of the core courses and description:
WGST 1001: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
This course will introduce you to the diverse and multifaceted field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Topics include: gender identity and sexuality; women’s history; the body, women and labour; race, class, and different abilities; popular culture and media; masculinities; corporatism; neoliberalism; and activism. Utilizing a feminist, anti-racist lens, we will place an emphasis on interdisciplinary analysis to explore what it means and has meant to be a “woman”, how this category has changed and shifted, and look at the ways that “gender” has come to mean more than just women and encompasses masculinity, men, and people as well. This course aims to familiarize you with a broad survey of gender issues, historical and contemporary.
WGST 2101: Gender, Culture and Identity
This course will introduce students to selected scholarship on body politics using materials from across disciplines including visual representations of the body, performance, film, photography, and sculpture. Students will explore not only constructions of what bodies are and do but how the body has been deployed to naturalize normative concepts of gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, ethnicity, conflict, and health. We will explore interventions in dominant ideologies. We will look at technology and the body, deviance and deviant embodiment, fashion, and corporality. An aim of this course will be to deconstruct the body, denaturalize our experience of the body, and to view the body as a site of conflict mediated by society.
WGST 3101: Gender in Theory and Research
This course examines theories of gender and power in society as well as feminist critiques and strategies relating to the construction of knowledge through research. Addressing both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, it explores distinctive paradigms and perspectives, including feminist empiricism, standpoint theories, intersectionality, post-modernism, and transnationalism. Drawing upon contemporary issues and debates, this course introduces the methods, techniques, and ethics involved throughout the research process.
WGST 4001: Contemporary Feminist Issues
This course provides opportunity for students to study in considerable depth and detail selected contemporary issues of feminism and gender in a global context. The course may focus on issues such as gender and social movements, politics of difference, theory and praxis debates, anti-feminist backlash, women and social change, femininities and masculinities, and feminist explorations of the body. During the 2016/2017 academic year WGST 4001 will explore Transnational Feminist Theory as well as Queer Theory, with a focus on global feminisms and colonialism. Deconstructing intersectionality and focusing on the links between race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and social justice, this course will move beyond the intersectional framework and incorporate assemblages to reframe contemporary feminist issues.